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About this Object

Object Name:

NGC 3603

Object Description:

Giant star-forming nebula with massive young stellar clusters

Position (J2000):

R.A. 11h 15m 9s.10
Dec. -61° 16' 17".00

Constellation:

Carina

Distance:

Approximately 20,000 light-years (6,100 parsecs) away.

Dimensions:

This image is roughly 3 arcminutes (17 light-years or 5 parsecs) wide.

About the Data

Data Description:

The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 11360: R. O'Connell (University of Virginia), B. Balick (University of Washington), H. Bond (STScI), D. Calzetti (University of Massachusetts), M. Carollo (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), M. Disney (University of Wales, College of Cardiff), M. Dopita (Australian National University), J. Frogel (Ohio State University Research Foundation), D. Hall (University of Hawaii), J. Holtzman (New Mexico State University), P. McCarthy (Carnegie Institution of Washington), F. Paresce (European Southern Observatory, Germany; National Institute for Astrophysics, Bologna, Italy), A.Saha (NOAO/AURA), J. Silk (University of Oxford), A. Walker (NOAO/CTIO), B. Whitmore (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and E. Young (University of Arizona; Universities Space Research Association/Ames Research Center).

Instrument:

WFC3/UVIS and WFC3/IR

Filters:

F128N (Paschen-beta), F164N ([Fe II]), F555W (V), F657N (H-alpha), and F673N ([S II])

Exposure Date:

August 27, 2009 and December 3, 2009

Exposure Time:

5.3 hours

About this Image

Credit:

NASA, ESA, R. O'Connell (University of Virginia), F. Paresce (National Institute for Astrophysics, Bologna, Italy), E. Young (Universities Space Research Association/Ames Research Center), the WFC3 Science Oversight Committee, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

July 6, 2010

Color:

The image is a composite of separate exposures made by the WFC3 instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. Five filters were used to sample broad and narrow wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:

F128N (Paschen-beta)

yellow

F164N ([Fe II])

red

F555W (V)

white

F656N (H-alpha)

green

F673N ([S II])

blue

Orientation/Scale: